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What would you do to become
America's Next Top Model? For one, you have to look the part.
Then you have to sacrifice your being to a 24/7 commitment.
More than that, you have to walk the walk and talk the talk.
But most of all, it's a game of
surviving your roommates... all of whom want it just as bad as
Recaps by Gordon Pepper, GSNN
Host: Tyra Banks
Judges: Tyra Banks, Janice Dickinson, Nigel Barker,
Creator: Tyra Banks
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"The Girl Who Is a
Lady Kat. Reow!" - March 2
We've had three seasons of Top Model Divas. Are you
ready for season 4? Apparently, a lot of you can't wait,
so here we go...
We start with Tyra, who reminds everyone about her not
so pretty past, but with work and determination, she was
able to get to modeldom. We then see highlights from
ANTM3 with Tyra showing us clips of all 3 models. We
have thousands more who auditioned for this new series
cycle. 35 semi-finalists got to go to L.A., 20 of them
make the first cut, and by the end of the show, we'll
have the final 14 who will be feuding for the top spot
We start with Noelle (20, Reno, NV), who has frizzy
brown hair and who says that she will probably meet the
most gorgeous girls she has ever encountered. Kahlen
(20, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma) also just got in, and she
says that the environment is crazy. Someone from a less
rural area is Brittany (22, Tallahassee, Florida), who
says that modelling is all she has ever wanted to do
from day one of her life. 'Whatever it takes to win,
Brandi (19, Houston, TX) says that for her first plane
ride, she was terrified. You haven't seen anything yet
if you want to talk about being terrified in L.A. She
joins Lluvy (Modesto, CA) who was born in Mexico,
Hopefully, she will have better luck than Magdalena, who
was the first Finalist sent packing.
Does Tiffany (21, Miami Fl) look familiar? What about
Mary (22, Portland Oregon)? Yep, they are here for a
second chance. Tiffany got into a fight in a bar (she
was the woman who had alcohol poured on her head) which
led to her dismissal, while Mary, a full-figured model,
was passed over for the more full-figured Toccara.
Tiffany says that she is a better person, while Mary
wants a second chance to heal her broken heart. 'I am
not wasting anything with this one.'
Lindsey (21, Baton Rouge, LA) notices that everyone is
checking each other out, and they all whoop when Jam
Manuel (Art Director) and Michele Mock-Falcon (Casting
Director) walk into the room. He tells them all that
someone in the room will be America's Next Top Model and
asks them what they think Tyra is looking for to be the
next Top Model. We hear some answers, and from the back
of the room, we hear 'I know what I'm looking for'. That
comes from Tyra and all of the stunned girls turn around
Tyra tells them all that she has seen all of their tapes
- including one who says that she thought she has had a
past life as a cat. She is looking for girls with
pizzazz and beauty on the inside. Noelle says that it
pumped everyone up as they await for their auditions to
Tyra won't be alone in judging the competitors. Jay
Manuel (Mr. Jay) will be there, as well as the returning
Jay Alexander (Ms Jay) the runway and posture coach.
With that, we see more hopefuls - like the short blonde
haired Rebecca (21, Minneapolis, MN), who's with
boyfriend, who vouches for her. The
All-American/Californian wants to have fun before
settling down. She wants to be seen as a sweet person
who sees modeling as having fun...Modeling is having
Keeyah (18, Compton, CA) is next, as we see this African
American beauty wants to represent Compton better than
it's reputation. She's studying to be a doctor - but
she'd choose modeling over that. The light brown haired
Kahlen says that she's never seen the show, as she says
that she works for 50 hours a week, but her walking
audition says otherwise as Tyra says that she's watched
every episode. Heh.
Wendy (21, Baton Rouge, LA) says that she comes from a
strict Mormon family, but she doesn't believe in G-d,
adding that her mom would have preferred if she said
that she was pregnant or a lesbian. She says that her
change has gotten her more into fashion and modeling.
Jennifer (20, Richmond, CA) looks like Yaya and Tyra
with the big forehead while saying that she has found a
personal relationship with G-d. You sense that she and
Wendy are going to be roommates?
Brittney comes in and Mrs. Jay's response - did you
drink Red Bull this morning? She says that she's like
this all the time and wants to be the center of
attention. Mr. Jay suggests that if they stick her and
Janice Dickinson in a room together, then only one of
them will come out alive - and it will be Brittney. I
suggest that we may have found our villain this year.
Tiffany returns - and we see clips of her failure from
last season. She says that she has changed her ways,
saying that she has been more mature and less violent.
She says that she went back to school, has gotten a
boyfriend to help her kid and she is a happy woman. She
is crying that she has come back to Beverly Hills and
her grandmother, who was not supportive of her last
time, saw how serious she was and chipped in to get her
bathing suits. Jay Manuel is remarkably impressed,
adding that she really wants to change her life.
We go from a redemption scene to a swimming pool scene,
as the ladies play Truth or Dare. The dares including
switching bathing suits, pole dances, and running around
naked - with the nudity coming from - of course -
Brittney. The girls reactions ranges from glee to
disgust, and it's clear that we have a wide variety of
girls this season.
After the pool, it's time to go to the White Lotus night
club - yes, THAT nightclub, the one that got Tiffany in
trouble last season. That's for the 21 and over group -
and this time, there was no controversies. The minors
had no controversy either, as they went out bowling.
Whoo! It seemed like the young'uns had a better time
bowling - and they even stayed out longer than the older
women. Take that!
Back to the auditions. Jessika (21, Houston, Texas) is
the 'Lady Kat', who looks cat-like, believes that she
used to be a cat, and has long cat-like nails. Jay
Manuel loves her skin. Sarah (21, Baltimore, MD) on the
other hand, was always called a tomboy, and she is
looking to change that image. She is very athletic, and
it looks like we have this year's Ann.
Luvey (pronounced You-Vee) is really nervous, because
she actually is wearing someone else's clothing. Wha?
She wears her own clothing, which gets her back into the
time where she was in a gang - and she is also looking
for a change in her life. Remember when Sarah was
athletic? Well. she has nothing on Michele (18, Terre
Haute. IN), who is a female wrestler and has to grab up
girls and fling them around. 'I love wrestling a lot -
but I will sacrifice the wrestling to become a model'.
They allow her in, lest they get pile-driven into a
Then we get a list of people who we don't get names from
- which means that they probably make the final 20. With
people losing their shoes, singing, saying that they
show they lost their virginity and doing ballet, it's
easy to see why. Naima (20, Detroit) was going through a
rough time, so she shaved her head. Oooook. Brandy has a
red puffy Afro and admits it's not real. Oops. She's
here for the competition. 'You need a shirt? Should have
brought your own.' Jay equated her walk to a grocery
store walk, and we either have another villain - or
someone who doesn't make the first cut.
Tatiana (18, Maui, HI) is Asian-American and wishes them
Aloha. She spent her rent money on a plane ticket - and
she says that this dedication will get her to what she
wants to do. Estella (22, Bronx, NYC) is a Latina who
wants it so bad that she can taste it. She has a kid -
and her husband then threw her out in February, making
her homeless. She sees the show as a salvation to rescue
her from this existence. That's rough. It's rougher when
she leaves and Tyra gives the 'I don't think so look'.
When you stick 35 ladies in a room, personalities are
sure to clash, like Lady Kat and Melissa. Tiffany was
appalled that her behavior was what Lady Kat is
displaying. The attitude continues when they go out for
a picnic and bees show up. The Kat goes after the bees
while everyone else is giggling at her.
Someone who isn't giggling is Mary, who is looking to
take up Toccara's spot. Also looking to fill the
plus-sized model is Rachel, who says that everyone is
her competition. 'As long as I don't show a nipple, I'm
good to go.' Uh, Rachel - if you've seen past episodes
of the show, you know that here will be nipples flying
and I can see major problems here.
Next up is Alexandria (19, Fort Collins, CO), a black
frizzy haired woman who had a bad speech impediment. She
tells Tyra that she went to remedial classes, and Tyra
says that won't be an issue. What also won't be an issue
- Christina's (24, Tallahassee, Fl) tan, which makes her
look African-American (though she's not). She says she
has a tough exterior - and we'll be seeing how tough it
Brita is a blonde beauty from La Hacienda, CA, but she
and her family comes from Latvia, and she is in the U.S.
as a waitress, pursuing her dream to be a model. Next up
is the Noelle from earlier on in the show, as the talks
about her baby and the father - who she is still with.
She has demetriosis, which is a disease that was
supposed to not let her have kids - but there is the
tyke. That changed her life and she has a new sense of
We end the auditions with a walk-off, as the model's are
compared to each other. They are told to walk 'fierce',
and almost all of the models bring it. Jay is impressed
with the walks - but he breaks it to the ladies that the
first cuts are coming up the next morning. The women
deal with it in different ways - some cry, others pray,
and Tiffany says that it would be hard.
The next morning, Jay tells them that the cut would be
from 35 to 20. In the other room is 20 portfolios. In
each portfolio - a picture of one of the 20 people who
are advancing. On Jay's count, the women rush into the
room. Brandy, Tiffany, Mary, Jessika the Lady Kat,
Jennifer, Estela and Melissa are some of the people who
advance. Some of the people who don't advance include
Alexandria, and Rachel - and Mary notices that with
Rachel gone, she is the only plus-sized model left.
For the 20 survivors, they get their first assignment -
they have to create their own pictures in a photo booth.
They will be judged on beauty and originality. Tiffany
thinks she messed up, while Estella was taking notes and
trying to do things that other women did that she liked.
Those photos get shown to the judges who have this to
say...Tatiana - Rough on the edges, but fierce. Jennifer
B - something to work with. Kahlen - lots of potential.
Luvey - is loved by Mrs. Jay. Brittany - looks like
Janice Dickinson. Naima - edgy, but too edgy? Michelle -
has an act, but can't carry herself. Brandy - hate the
hair. Lindsey - nice potential. Brita - definitely looks
like a fashion model. Sarah - Mrs. Jay loves her face.
Estella - Great story, but not in the Top 14. Rebecca -
clean palate, but too actressy? Lady Kat - good face,
not hot on the body. Tiffany - move versatile than Lady
Kat, has it together. Mary - Beautiful, but do you stick
a plus sized model in there again?
We hear how badly Estella and Tiffany want this, but
will they get it? We see now as Tyra calls them up for
the final elimination. She tells the women that they are
extra special - but only 14 of them will be in the
running to be America's Next Top Model. The women
are...Rebecca, Christina, Keenyah, Brita, Naima, Noelle,
Michelle, Sarah, Brandi (who is the first person to give
us tears), Brittney (who screams and makes a public
outcry - yep, good villain material), Kahlen, Tatiana,
Luvey and....Tiffany, who responds by screaming, crying
and dropping to the ground. She runs to the other side
and is crying her eyes out.
The other women are also crying, because they are now
eliminated. Mary cries on Jessika's shoulder, then cries
on Tyra and tells her that her heart is broken, Tyra
tells her that she's been in Mary's shoes many times,
and tells her to never give up. Estella says that
someway she will get out of her situation and someway,
she will come up on top.
The other 14 women celebrate, as Tiffany cries - 'I went
from America's Most Wanted to America's Next Top Model'.
We'll see if that happens, but as for right now, she is
one of them. And with that, we see 14 photographs of the
finalists and the first show ends.
My take? Well, I liked last season's opener better, but
this was very good. I thought they spent too much time
on people who won't get in and not enough on people who
do get in, but I am sure we will learn more about these
people in time.
Speaking of time, our time on this episode is done. On
the next episode, we get to get a better hello to the
finalists - but sweet goodbyes to at least one of them.
Tune in next week to see who plays the role of Magdalena
in this series.